Red Seas Under Red Skies
Red Seas Under Red Skies is the second book in the Gentleman Bastards series. How’s that for a moniker, eh? The first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora (no review, rating: 9.0), was a terrific debut Fantasy novel. This second book continues the story of Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen, two thieves that hatch incredible plots to take the wealthy for copious amounts of money. In this volume they have come to the island of Tal Verrar to con the owner of the Sinspire, casino to the rich, only to be sidetracked by a demanding employer who insists they take up pirating.
This book is a fun read just like the first. Locke and Jean are witty, egotistical (particularly Locke) and talented. Red Seas is another fantastic adventure which had me engrossed from the start. After the first couple of chapters it looked to be better than the first, however in the end I rate it slightly below Lies.
Unfortunately Lynch got a bit carried away with the plot, throwing in pirates, countless enemies and assassins and other side stories. It was all a little too much. There was probably enough material in the novel for three full books. These several threads had the ending feeling somewhat rushed.
Regardless of these shortcomings, Red Seas Under Red Skies is terrific fun and left me impatient for the third volume, The Republic of Thieves, due early next year. Recommended to anyone looking for a bit of swashbuckling adventure!